Researching and choosing a pageant to participate in can be exhausting, and with so many pageant systems out there, sometimes things can get confusing.
Each year, systems go through various changes and updates and no system is immune to this. One system doing everything it can to make the pageant process as simple as possible for its contestants is USA National Miss, or UNM.
10 Things You May Not Know About UNM
1. New Crowns Announced
With more bling for the state and national titleholders, the crowns were designed by the UNM founder and executive director herself (she was recently named the #1 national pageant director by The Pageant Planet). The crown is symbolic with five points representing the five characteristics a queen should possess. (Read: How to Care for Your Crown)
2. Nationals Prep Forum
This forum is held prior to nationals each year to give delegates an opportunity to prepare for nationals, hear from special speakers, and other special events. This year, Logan West, Miss Teen USA 2012, is the special speaker. Logan was also a national judge last year, so she has inside perspective from a judge’s point of view to give delegates tips and advice. While the forum is held in a different city each year, this year’s forum will be in Atlanta.
3. Exclusive Swimsuit Line
UNM sponsor KK Swimwear recently designed a line of swimwear exclusively for UNM. The collection features six designs bearing the UNM logo and each was named after one of the national reigning queens.
4. Competition Photos Included
There is no need to pay hundreds of dollars to get your nationals photos after the national competition. At UNM, your competition photos from the official photographer, Amanda Ferguson Photography, are included as part of the nationals experience.
5. Brand Ambassador for ASHLEYlauren
A UNM exclusive optional competition held at nationals, designer Ashley Lauren hand selects a model to be her social media brand ambassador for the year.
6. Miss Universe Runway Coach
Grace Fontecha from Puerto Rico has trained five Miss Universe winners and holds the record for the most Miss Universe wins as a coach. She is the official runway coach of UNM and attends nationals to offer workshops and private sessions prior to the runway competition.
7. Former Queens Compete for Free and so do Their Daughters
The Legacy Association is for former national queens and it offers some serious perks, including allowing the former queens (referred to as Legacy) to compete again for free until they’re no longer eligible. When they grow up and have kids, their daughters compete free from age 4 to 25 – that’s 21 years of free competitions at nationals!
8. Full-Ride College Scholarships
Through its partnership with Troy University in Alabama, UNM awards full-ride college scholarships to eligible juniors and seniors in its program. Since the partnership began two years ago, UNM has awarded over $300,000 in full-ride college scholarships.
9. Non-Performing Arts Optional
Those with nontraditional talents (such as horseback riding, archery, ice skating, etc.) can win optional awards at nationals with the non-performing arts talent competition, which is judged by video submissions. (Read: Should You Perform a Traditional or Nontraditional Talent?)
10. Featured on International News
UNM was recently featured on international news during the annual cruise to the Bahamas. The organization raised $1,400 for hurricane relief efforts and hand delivered the donation in Nassau – an event that was covered by the Bahamian national news network and featured on its television news segment.
In your searches, have you found a system that lets former queens compete for free, awards college scholarships, and gives you your competition photos as part of your pageant package all while supporting girls with different talents than those that can be performed on stage, helping you prep for competition, and helping those around the world in need?
Consider UNM for your next pageant; you never know what you may learn or get to do that you can take with you into the future, or right back to the USA National Miss stage.
Good luck, ladies!